Grapski Defense

October 21, 2006

From Renee: I don’t really have a diary in me at the moment, or even a good title for a post, but I figured giving this comment from Donna front page attention was the lest I could do. Tried to edit the post before this one to add a link to Donna’s comment, but Blogger won’t cooperate, so I had to do a new post.

I have been out all day, but when I checked phone messages, there was an urgent message from Carol Thomas, who is working hard on behalf of Charlie Grapski’s defense.

I know that many of us are tapped out from election donations, but Charlie has about three days to come up with $40,000 for his defense of the trumped up charges against him.

If you can possibly help, go to:

or send a check to:

Ad Hoc Committee for the Defense of Charlie Grapski
P.O. Bos 190
Alachua, FLA 32616

Charlie’s situation is truly an abomination. He has been arrested for daring to question the integrity of the vote in Alachua. I truly believe that if Charlie can be made to disappear, than it can happen to any activist, anywhere. Even us.

donna in evanston

Donna has a diary about this at Daily Kos–please give it a recommend if you can. 


Political Halloween Designs

October 12, 2006

FYI to anyone who hasn’t heard this before (and apologies if this is a repeat).

there’s a campaign to raise the minimum wage in Ohio. It seems to enjoy popluar support, and Demetrius made a couple bumper stickers in support of that amendment, by request.

So, in the face of the popular support for this amendment, opponents have decided to take the “personal privacy” angle and try to scare people into voting against it. Nice. Their claims are debunked here by the way.

So, when my husband *finally* gets a real offer of animation work (which has been really sparse this season)–something for *television*, no less, guess who it’s for?

Naturally, the opposition to Issue 2.

Damn. We *really* need the money. But how many people would we be “throwing under the bus” if he took that project? And, as much of our time and energy as we have been devoting to working to make the world a better place, even for “the least of these” would be undone? Well anyway, he did say no to the project.

Anyway, in that context, I hope you all can forgive me this flagrantly capitalistic post…

Designs by jc…

Designs by Demetrius…

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Holiday designs–please let us know if you have any suggestions for new designs.

Tucker Carlson is a schmuck

October 4, 2006

You all probably knew that already, but here’s yet more evidence–the way he treats Dr. Asma Mobin Uddin in a discussion about the “jihad” car ad that was recently pulled after area Muslim groups protested. You can see the interview here on YouTube.

I’ve met Asma on a couple of occasions. She spoke at an adult education forum at my church a couple years ago, and also preached the sermon that day (I attend a rather progressive Episcopal church). Then, last year, I heard her speak at an interfaith forum on prayer. You can see the transcript of her remarks here. I have nothing but respect for Dr. Asma Mobin-Uddin, who I think presented her views calmly and sensibly. As for Tucker Carlson, I agree with Jon Stewart:

CARLSON: I do think you’re more fun on your show. Just my opinion.

STEWART: You know what’s interesting, though? You’re as big a dick on your show as you are on any show.

From puddle

September 11, 2006

Crossposted at WordPress, because Blogger is vexing me again. But not enough to actually switch this blog completely over to WordPress, because that would be a huge pain in the a–.

Hi. About half an hour til next visiting.

Am at a loss to thank you guys. And usually don’t have enough energy left to even try (bless Thankful!!) She reads me parts of threads and relays messages, and I need to keep telling you how wonderful you all are, and how much I’m depending on you. I also relay your messages to Edwin, and I’m sure he hears them and is as glad for you all as I am.

And thank you Howard!!! puddle | 09.11.06 – 5:34 pm

And here’s what Thankful wrote a little earlier…

Edwin Update

No dramatic news from this visit – but they restarted the nutrition so he’s getting a great liquid steak dinner. Fingers were a little colder than last night but of no concern. Some time this afternoon he’ll be switched to a different bed that helps prevent bed sores! Call me crazy but that says they’re expecting him to stick around long enough to possibly get bed sores )))))))))))))))))))))))))

~ ~ ~

What we wanna know is – is there any news on Subway?

and puddle sez thank you thank you thank you Thankful | 09.11.06 – 5:12 pm

From Renee–here’s the link to Edwin’s candle page. Also, Barbara in Seattle has pictures of puddle and Edwin on her DFA link page. Hopefully she doesn’t mind that I snagged one of the pictures so that people who don’t have a DFA login would be able to see it.

The instructions Agatha posted about sending a check or donating via PayPal to help puddle with expenses can be found here.

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The Challenge of Terror

September 11, 2006

For anyone who would like to donate to help puddle with the expenses of her unplanned/unexpected trip to Texas to be with Edwin in the hospital, Agatha has posted details here.

I thought this might be a good time to excerpt and link The Challenge of Terror, written by John Paul Lederach in the days that immediately followed September 11, 2001. Lederach is a Professor of International Peacebuilding at the University of Notre Dame. Clearly, the U.S. government didn’t heed his advice when responding to the events of 9/11/01, but I still think the essay is worth reading. And, since the media is busily revisiting everything else about that tragic day, I can’t think of any reason *not* to revisit these thoughtful words.

Military action to destroy terror, particularly as it affects already vulnerable civilian populations will be like hitting a fully mature dandelion with a golf club: This will further perpetuate the myth of “evil United States military might” and will assure yet another generation of recruits.

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Keep the pressure on ABC

September 7, 2006

Here are some links to current blog posts/stories about the fake 9/11 documentary that ABC plans to air on September 10 and 11.

From Crooks and Liars… ABC’s ridiculous Statement on their 9/11 fakeumentary
Greg Mitchell: ABC film heavily weighted against Clinton: Screenwriter admitted to making scene up

From Media Matters: ABC and Scholastic release skewed Path to 9/11 “Discussion Guide” for high school teachers to assign to students

Media highlighted conservative complaints about less-than-flattering portrayal of Reagan in 2003 biopic, offer little coverage of ABC’s 9-11 miniseries, reportedly riddled with falsehoods

Haloscan problems

September 7, 2006

There have been some real problems with Haloscan today, such that I need to make a good half dozen attempts to get one comment to post, so I imagine the same is happening for others people as well. So I am crossposting this entry at the “emergency backup blog” over at WordPress. If there’s something you’d like to share with the HEP family and can’t get commenting to work here, you can try leaving a comment at the WordPress blog, or you can e-mail me at